They Are Making an Emily the Strange Movie, It Has a Screenwriter

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Get ready to get your goth on, everyone. Universal is adapting Hot Topic mainstay/Dark Horse title Emily the Strange for the big screen. And while this project has been floating around (perhaps sulking, sullenly) for about three years now, an actual screenwriter has been attached and it looks like this might be on its way to the development stage. Melisa Wallack, who wrote the script for Tarsem Singh‘s untitled Snow White project (the one with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts), will be the scribe for Emily the Strange, which is set to star Chloe Moretz. Okay, we’re kind of interested now.

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Goth queen fangirls aside, let’s take a step back and see Emily the Strange for what it is: a comic book/graphic novel with a female protagonist. Already, it might have something to offer. Even though she’s known mostly for appearing on the t-shirts of moody teenage girls, but still. This is the planned storyline, her origin story:

The story line is being kept under wraps, although the aim is to tell the origin of the punk and gothic figure and how she comes to gain her abilities that fuse technology and imagination.

And obviously, her four cats. But really, Chloe Moretz has a very decent track record so far with her work in Kick-Ass and Let Me In, the American adaptation of the Swedish child-vampire flick Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in). She’s also playing Carolyn Stoddard in the Dark Shadows movie and appeared on 30 Rock, so her cred is pretty solid.

Emily the Strange will be executive produced by its creator, skateboarder Rob Reger, and Dark Horse’s Keith Goldberg. No director yet, but our attention has been grabbed. We’ll be on the lookout.

(Hollywood Reporter via Shock Til You Drop)

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